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Journeys of hope and generosity

The Gospel readings from Matthew for the next two Sundays are intertwined and in the wrong order – not liturgically wrong, just back to front from the order in which they appear in Matthew’s text. (That all comes about because of the feast of the Epiphany, which centres on the three wise men). No worries, I just deal with them both in one podcast, giving both you and me more time to enjoy a holiday break no doubt. What do we have then? Stars and angels, wisemen and powerfools, innocence and suffering, a re-enactment of Israel’s exodus from captivity in Egypt, and binding all these dramatic elements into one narrative, God’s governance of history and protection of the long-term plan for redeeming the whole sad human mess. All of which sheds light on our own ongoing story.
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Howard Pilgrim

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